Professors Honored with Prestigious Awards

Published on Tue, November 01, 2011

Two Marywood University faculty members were recognized recently for their work in academics.

Arthur Comstock, Ph.D., associate professor of business, is Marywood's nominee for this year's Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) award. In 1981, CASE initiated the Professors of the Year Program, naming one national winner per year until 1985, when state winners were also named. Dr. Comstock has taught at the university for more than 12 years.

Dr. Comstock discusses his nomination for CASE Professor of the Year.

"It's an honor," said Dr. Comstock, after learning that he would be Marywood's honoree. "It's nice to be recognized for what you do. I take pride in what I do in the classroom, and I try to make class material meaningful to the students."

Craig Johnson, Ph.D., was also recognized for his work, earning him this year's Distinction in One's Discipline Award. Dr. Johnson, professor of mathematics, actively publishes. His recent article in Mathematics Teacher, "Introducing Group Theory through Music," demonstrates how theoretical models in math can illuminate one's understanding of musical compositions. In addition, Dr. Johnson's textbook, Functions of Mathematics in the Liberal Arts, will soon be published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Both awards are peer-based. Two separate committees, composed of award winners from previous years, determine the winners from a list of nominees submitted by the academic dean. Each year, each academic dean nominates one person for committee consideration. Student evaluations are also taken into consideration. Successful award recipients take a scholarly approach to teaching, illustrated by innovative teaching techniques and publishing.

Michael Foley, Ph.D., dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, described how award candidates are chosen.

"Faculty members are selected based on a statement of their teaching philosophy, recommendations from department chairs and deans, and, most importantly, student evaluations," Dr. Foley explained. "The purpose is to recognize exemplary participation in the life of one's discipline beyond the classroom."

Both Dr. Comstock and Dr. Johnson were recognized at Marywood University's Fall Convocation in September for their achievements.